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paralysis
used in The Mill on the Floss

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Definition
loss of the ability to move the body or a part of it

or:

inability to act or make a decision
  • Something in his throat half choked the last words; the flush, which had alarmed his children because it had so often preceded a recurrence of paralysis, had subsided, and his face looked pale and tremulous.
    3.8 -- Book 3 Chapter 8 -- Daylight on the Wreck (64% in)
  • He repeated the words impatiently from time to time, appearing entirely unconscious of everything except this one importunate want, and giving no sign of knowing his wife or any one else; and poor Mrs. Tulliver, her feeble faculties almost paralyzed by this sudden accumulation of troubles, went backward and forward to the gate to see if the Laceham coach were coming, though it was not yet time.
    3.1 -- Book 3 Chapter 1 -- What Had Happened at Home (70% in)
  • Perhaps there was something in that sound more than the mere fact of the strong vibration that produced the instantaneous effect on the frame of the prostrate man, and for the time completely shook off the obstruction of paralysis.
    3.4 -- Book 3 Chapter 4 -- A Vanishing Gleam (20% in)
  • As long as the paralysis was upon him, and it seemed as if he might always be in a childlike condition of dependence,—as long as he was still only half awakened to his trouble,—Maggie had felt the strong tide of pitying love almost as an inspiration, a new power, that would make the most difficult life easy for his sake; but now, instead of childlike dependence, there had come a taciturn, hard concentration of purpose, in strange contrast with his old vehement communicativeness and...
    4.2 -- Book 4 Chapter 2 -- The Torn Nest Is Pierced by the Thorns (37% in)
  • Maggie was paralyzed; it was easier to resist Stephen's pleading than this picture he had called up of himself suffering while she was vindicated; easier even to turn away from his look of tenderness than from this look of angry misery, that seemed to place her in selfish isolation from him.
    6.13 -- Book 6 Chapter 13 -- Borne Along by the Tide (72% in)
  • She stood paralyzed by the double shock of seeing Maggie and hearing Tom's words.
    7.1 -- Book 7 Chapter 1 -- The Return to the Mill (25% in)

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